Starbucks' Howard Schultz: Our bathrooms are open to anyone who needs them


Schultz said Starbucks had maintained a "loose policy" on bathroom access, though decisions were ultimately left up to store managers on whether someone could use them.

The coffee chain announced that now anyone can use a bathroom at one of their stores, even if that person has not purchased anything there.

According to BuzzFeed, CEO Howard Schultz announced this new, breathtakingly inspired idea at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. last night.

Last month, two African-American men were arrested for trespassing at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia. He demurred and sat down to wait with his friend for their business associate to join them for a real-estate meeting. The men were then arrested, causing a slew of PR problems for the coffee chain.

Schultz said the company is changing its policy because it wants everyone to feel welcome.

Unemployment in the region down again, says Statistics Canada report
Overall, the decline in jobs last month was so small the federal agency did not consider it statistically significant. It was 5.5 per cent in April, compared to 5.2 in March - which was also an increase from 4.9 per cent in February.

SBUX stock was down about 0.8% Friday.

The men who were arrested have since reached a symbolic $1 settlement with the city, and the city pledged $200,000 for a program that would benefit young entrepreneurs.

Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. - Chairman Howard Schultz, via New York Daily News Starbucks also plans to close some 8,200 stores in the USA on May 29 for racial bias training. A manager, who is no longer with the company, called police, which led to the men's arrest and sparked a series of protests at Starbucks locations.

Starbucks said in a statement to Nation's Restaurant News on Friday that the company is reviewing all polices following the Philadelphia incident. "And, regardless of the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, your ethnic background, your station in life, we want to welcome you as a customer and we want to welcome you as an employee".